SGA appoints new senators

By: Meredith Francis ~Campus News Editor~

The Student Government Association (SGA) recently announced that three new students have been appointed senators.
According to SGA Administrative Vice President Thomas Edney, 12 students submitted applications after SGA announced open applications for senate appointments. The applicants interviewed with the SGA executives and other senators.

“Every applicant was phenomenal, and we had some amazing and really quality applications. From there we chose the three senators that are going to fill the vacancies,” Edney said.
Those senators are first-years Kiana Salazar and Joshua Tye and sophomore Hallie Grace.
The students represent a diverse academic and experiential background.

“Their first meeting will be Jan. 12, and that is when they will take the oath of office,” Edney said.

The newly-appointed senators also represent the recent changes in the election cycle made by the Board of Elections in November.

“(The new senators) will serve the rest of the term with the remaining, current senate, which runs until Dec. 31, 2015 due to the change in the election cycle,” Edney said.

Newly-appointed senator Hallie Grace says that she wants to help bridge the gap between the student body and the administration.

“Becoming a Xavier senator means I now have the opportunity to fully embody what it means to be a Xavier student, placing the community first and channeling my energies towards making our community the best it can be,” Grace said.

Below are the profiles of the three new senators, courtesy of SGA.

Kiana Salazar Joshua Tye Hallie Grace
Major Special Education Business Management Nursing
Current Involvements On-campus job, student council for exceptional children (Project Search), 10 p.m. mass committee, mascot No other current involvement X-Change, Homework Club
Achievements Started an LGBT club in high school, first-generation American, first-generation college student Served four years on SGA at Walnut Hills High School (two years as Vice President) Excited to give back to Xavier by getting involved with SGA, passionate about campus concerns but also feels strongly about serving others
Issues of Interest Academic advising, new core, handicap accessibility Programs for inclusion and diversity, more transparency, improved communication from students to SGA and administration Sexual assault prevention, student commitment, upperclassmen housing